Activate! Chicago Public Space | Call for Placemaking Partners

Submitted by Activate on Fri, 03/23/2018 - 5:11pm

Activate! Chicago is curating unique artisitc and cultural experiences in public space across Chicago. We are seeking submissions from artists, community groups, nonprofits and individuals for ideas to enliven public space through arts and events for all ages.


Please complete our online application form here.


Activate will provide financial support per activation or performance series. Past financial support ranged between $100 - $250 per activation, but can be more depending on the proposal. Activate will also assist with marketing efforts and city approval coordination.  Partners will be responsible for additional fundraising, if needed, event coordination, marketing and audience development.  All proposed activations must be completed by September 1, 2018. A list of plaza locations for consideration can be found here and examples of events in previous seasons are listed below:

  • Clean and green planting day for all ages
  • Acoustic guitar and flamenco dance class
  • Puppet making tutorials for youth
  • Temporary murals and art installations
  • Seasonal events such as Harvest Fest or Winter Wonderland
  • Single day or weekly music performance series

We encourage ideas not listed above to be submitted for consideration. Submissions are evaluated on an ongoing basis throughout the year and are reviewed by a committee of Activate! programmers. Due to the volume of submissions, please allow 1 week from the date of your submission for a decision. Questions regarding our submission policy and process can be directed via e-mail to

For more information about Activate! Chicago.
For more information about CDOT Make Way For People Program.

We look forward to working with you!

Basic Info
Deadline Type: 
Deadline or Post Expiration: 
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Activations must be complete by 9/1/2018
Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Katherine Darnstadt
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone Number: 
Contact Address: 
900 N Ashland Ave
Chicago  Illinois  60622
United States